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Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout
- Goose Island Beer Co.
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Goose Island Beer Co.
Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout
Limited (brewed once).
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.
Bourbon County Brand Stout spiced with fresh vanilla beans.
(Beer added by: rudylaw on 11-08-2009)
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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
22oz bottle - Bottled November 5th, 2010 - Poured into my Goose Island over-sized tasting glass...
This one even pours beautifully...silky and creamy, black, thick and viscous. A vigorous pour yields one finger of dark tan head that recedes as quickly as it formed...
This smells more like a decadent, delicious desert than anything else. Very sweet. Tons of chocolate and sweet bourbon fill the nose, vanilla and oak add some subtle nuances to the powerfully rich and sweet smelling beer...
This beer is rich. Tons of sweet chocolate with loads of sweet and warm bourbon. No sign of roasted or bitter flavors, this one is all about smooth and sweet. Hot, after just a few sips the 13% really shows through. Bourbon all over the place with touches of vanilla and oak, vanilla is not as strong as I anticipated but really adds a nice subtle character to the already flavor loaded base beer...
Full bodied for sure. Thick and smooth, mouth coating and very hot. Bourbon should be bold on the label, this beer warms you up and keeps you there for a while...
Very good. Not as impressed with this as I was with the Coffee version, not as drinkable and smooth, the Vanilla version is a bit rougher and much hotter...
Serving type: bottle
11-20-2010 01:49:51 |
More by hawks10
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Pours black with a very small dark brown head. This seems to have a bit more carbonation than the regular Bourbon County.
Scent of sweet bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, oak, earth, sugar, toffee, and some alcohol. The vanilla isn't particularly potent here, but the base beer has an excellent scent as it is.
Taste of rich chocolate cake, sweet bourbon, vanilla. oak, toffee, and some warming alcohol on the end. I love Bourbon County Stout, and I think it is even better with the nice kick of vanilla that this beer offers.
Mouthfeel is heavy and full bodied with a touch of carbonation. Finishes dry with a nice heat from the alcohol.
Serving type: bottle
11-19-2010 01:56:33 |
More by paco1029384756
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This was the star of the show at the 3rd Annual Dayton Cask AleFest. I tasted a few other's in the lineup for this event, but I kept coming back to this.
A: Thick, dark, menacing and black. No head whatsoever.
S: Bourbon and Vanilla aromas, but not overwhelming. I had various versions of the FFF Dark Lord this past spring, and compared to that the vanilla and bourbon flavors are very subtle.
T: Sweet initially with the vanilla and bourbon flavors complementing each other. Rich roasted malt flavors and oak,but the gentle bourbon flavor is always nearby and lingers pleasantly in the mouth for a long time.
M: Thick, rich mouthfeel with the cask adding a creamy quality to the beer.
D: Perhaps this may be the ultimate desert or sipping beer. Lots of flavors going with the a pleasant bourbon/alcohol taste that is very noticeable, but still very drinkable.
Serving type: cask
05-23-2010 17:41:20 |
More by chaz01
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I woke up today with a dry throat. The damn ceiling fan, which I rely on to block out noise and keep me cool, had attacked me by confiscating all signs of moisture in my entire respiratory system overnight. I was thirsty. But I had no clue how much my thirst was about to be quenched.
Fast forward 4-5 hours to the first session of the 2nd Annual Winking Lizard cask conditioned beer festival. I check in and get a program which outlines the beers available. I check over the list to see a bunch of familiar names, some extra special treats, and the very last entry:
Goose Island Vanilla Bourbon County
This was the first beer I had today. It was the last beer I had today. It was the best beer I've had in a long time. Overall, I'd say I had 22oz or so, and, let me tell you, this beer delivers.
Appears a magnificent black, the kind of black the Rolling Stones sang about painting things. No head whatsoever, and a ton of alcohol sticks to the side of the glass when I swish.
Smell takes me somewhere. Grandma is baking vanilla cookies. Grandpa is sipping his bourbon. And I'm eating a chocolate candy while my olfactory tingles with delight.
Taste is perfect. A strange combo of coconut, vanilla bean, oak, bourbon, chocolate and caramel tastes more defined and well balanced than any desert I've had. This is exceptional in terms of its depth, extreme flavor, and ability to define different elements in unique flavor spikes along the journey. Honestly, one of the best beers I've ever had.
Mouthfeel is thin, but this may be a result of the cask feel. The carb isn't an issue, appropriate for the serving type.
Drinkability is well above many in the field. Strong? Sure, but this is a magnificent example of when imperial flavor is necessary to achieve such a magnificent result. Kev and John at the Lizard, you have outdone yourselves this year. This was just fantastic, and I want to thank you for a wonderful event and a new top 20 beer for me.
Tonight, I will sleep with the fan on. And it can't do a thing to make me uncomfortable. Try as it might, it shall not rob me of this - my thirst has been quenched for a while.
Serving type: cask
03-27-2010 21:32:47 |
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